Dear Fellow PI Geeks,
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that we have cancelled this year's PI World Innovation Hackathon. It was not an easy decision. We were given a cutoff date 8 weeks before PI World to make a decision to go forward or cancel. It's hard to make firm predictions so far in advance. While we were confident optimistic we could have a similar number of participants as last year, the tipping point in the decision was the bitter reality that the hackathon has been shrinking in attendance for many years. When we started out on this brave new venture 7 years ago, we obviously were filled with hopes that it would grow rather than decline.
I have received emails asking if we will offer hackathons in the future. YES, we will. However, I do not see us offering hackathons during PI World. Many of our partners and EA customers form the core of the developer community, but PI World has so many demands pulling those partners and customers in so many different directions. Thus, we are currently considering a special hackathon-only event.
I will be hanging out at the Parc 55 hotel on Day 2 and Day 3, where the agenda has lots of developer related offerings from 90 minute Tech Talks, some cool PI Geek talks, and the traditional 45 minute Developer Talks. Not to mention the Day 3 hands on labs! So I invite all developers to come over to the Parc 55 to attend some in-depth talks. And if you happen to bump into me, I would love to talk to you about what you want to see in future hackathons.
There will be a Developer Reception from 04:30-06:30 PM at the Parc 55 with drinks and appetizers. Come meet fellow developers or supporting members of the PI Developers Club.
If you have any concerns or comments, please email me and/or the entire team below.